KNIT BERETS

People requested an ‘official’ pattern. I encourage you to use your creativity and talent to post/share on Facebook more options if they are free or if you write patterns! All yarn weights and shades are enthusiastically embraced!

Credit is due to two women for this pattern. The writer, Cynthia Myers and to Marylou Anderson who discovered it on e-how!

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The Knitting Pattern

This pattern is very forgiving/flexible. Start with sport weight and size 8 or 9 needles but you’ll get the idea quickly how far you can stray and still produce excellent results!!

Cast on 74 stitches. Knit 1, purl 1 to the end of the row. Place a stitch marker and join the stitches. Continue in knit 1, purl 1 pattern until the ribbing measures 1 ½ inches.

Knit 1, increase 1 across the row. You will have 111 stitches on the needle.

Switch to the size 9 circular needles. Knit every row until your hat measures 6 inches.

Knit 9, knit 2 together across the row, ending with knit 1. Knit the next row.

Knit 8, knit 2 together across the row, ending with knit 1. Knit the next row.

Knit 7, knit 2 together across the row, ending with knit 1. Knit the next row. Continue in this pattern, knitting one less stitch between the decreases every other row until you have 15 stitches left on the needle. Switch to the double-point needles when the stitches become too few to handle comfortably on the circular needle.

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of yarn about 12 inches long. Thread this tail onto the darning needle. Run the thread through the remaining stitches on the knitting needle and slip them from the knitting needle. Pull the thread tight to gather the stitches. Take a stitch to secure the yarn and weave in the ends.

Tip: I cast on 75, slip the extra stitch from the right needle to the left, K2tog and then proceed with Purl/knit Purl from there to make a nicer join!

The Crochet Pattern

1. Chain 42 or 50 for larger

2. Slip stitch in 1st chain stitch to join round

3. Single chain all around for 6 rounds

4. Increase:
Chain 1
Single crochet in next stitch
2 single crochet in next stitch
Repeat all round
5 . Pattern Round:
Chain 2
Double crochet in next stitch
Chain 1
Skip next stitch
Puff stitch in next stitch
Skip next stitch
Repeat “to” all around
6.  Round 2:
Double chain
Chain 1
Skip next stitch
Double chain in next stitch
Chain 1
Repeat “to” all round
7. Repeat these 2 rounds 3x or to desired length
8. Decrease Round:
a)   Round 1:
Chain 2
Double crochet the next 2 stitches together
Chain 1
Skip next stitch
Double crochet 1
Repeat all around for 42 or 50 stitches
b)      Round 2:
Double chain 2 stitches together all around
*Repeat round 2 until you have 8 or less stitches

8. Tapestry needle and thread last stitches – pull tight and sew in the end so the part just pulled does not come undone!

9. VOILA – wear red beret!